Skip to comments.White House officials caught out with lobbyists
Posted on 08/01/2012 6:00:36 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
Aides to President Barack Obama used personal email accounts to contact pharmaceutical companies and deliberately scheduled meetings in coffee shops away from the White House in order to skirt disclosure rules, according to a Congressional report on Wednesday.
Among the most damaging findings are emails from Jim Messina the former White House deputy chief of staff who now manages the president's re-election campaign to a drugs lobbyist in the days before Mr Obama's health care reforms passed Congress in 2010.
In an email from his personal account, Mr Messina promised "I will roll [Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi] for the 4 billion" needed to fund expansion of health care coverage. Mr Messina also promised the lobbyist he would deal with a reporter who had been questioning the White House's links with the pharmaceutical industry.
The report by the Republican-controlled oversight and investigations sub-committee also contained details of a proposed meeting between Jeffrey Smith, one of the president's science advisers, and an executive from a technology company.
Mr Smith suggested meeting at a Caribou Coffee near the White House, explaining that meeting in his office would mean "you'd appear on an official WH Visitor List which maybe not [what] you want at this stage".
Representative Cliff Sterns, the sub-committee chairman, said: "What we have learnt from our many investigations is that, time and again, the Obama administration's actions have failed to match the president's lofty rhetoric on transparency."
The sub-committee did not accuse the White House of breaking the law but rather of failing to live up to its own claim of being "the most open and transparent administration in history".
The White House declined to address the allegations directly, insisting that Mr Obama worked with "unprecedented openness in government".
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I'll say it again....if this had happened under the Bush Admin, heads would roll.
Enough is enough. Pay to play/Chicago Way is way past it's expiration date.
“I will roll [Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi] for the 4 billion”. I guess I could “do her” for that much...just as long as she didn’t talk!
It’s only bad when Republican administrations talk to lobbiests, obviously.
Nothing to see here. Move on.
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“under the Bush Admin, heads would roll.”
Under the Obama Admin, heads would be promoted.
I would have to be overdosed on Viagra.
I refuse to believe this report.
I specifically remember that NO MEMBER OF MY ADMINISTRATION will deal with lobbyists was a campaign promise.
‘He’ has kept the rest of his promises, Gitmo is closed, NO legislation is passed without a 3 day cooling off period and full disclosure prior the final vote and the other millions of promises have been dutifully fulfilled..
As soon as he reveals states #50-57 his job will be done.
No worries when Eric Holder is your bitch...
Holder bends over and reaches back to spread his cheeks to the White Hut..
Zero also OWNS the CIA, FBI, secret service, NSA, and BATF..
OH!... and the IRS...
AND!!!!. all the people that works for those agencies..
** that of course is just a start to the corruption..
Perhaps she was trying to say something to the rest of the nation about reading this POS when she said "we have to pass it to see what is in it". Just maybe, but then again monkeys will fly out of my butt.
Viagra can’t ‘raise the dead’ so I can’t see it working in this instance. And the thought of ‘rolling Pelosi’ is enough to kill any sex drive dead.
Caribou Coffee is owned by the national bank of Bahrain and is managed according to Sharia law.
Might as well suggest a meeting at CFA
That’s what you do when the rules constrain you.
If that means he told the nation and the world that he, Obama, was "fundamentally going to Change America" well he did and it is the only promise he has kept. Like telling Joe the Plumber he was going to spread the working mans wealth to those that don't work....well he did that also. What he managed NOT to do while pulling the sweater over the heads of many Americans, was to tell them he was raised as a Communist, a Muslim, and hating the Capitalistic freedom America has enjoyed...that Obama truly hates. However, he has shown the nation the Obama's love the hi-life afforded them by his position in the White House but complains about his job bitterly, blaming his predecessor and others for his failures...........